Using Frozen Spinach in a Smoothie

My bags are packed!

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Don’t let Sadie fool you. She was much more of a hindrance to my packing than a help. She can always seem to tell when I’m packing up to leave because she gets extra needy, and that’s saying a lot for the world’s neediest dog.

Even with her constant wiggling under my arms, I managed to pack up my suitcase without much trouble.

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Carry on bag, baby. No bag check fees for this girl!

Once I was all packed up, I wanted to get on the road. I had a two-hour drive ahead of me because my flight leaves out of Tampa and didn’t want to take any chances with traffic or potential accidents along the way.

I made myself lunch on the go in the form of a smoothie.

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Since I’m sure my eating will be all over the place this weekend, I wanted to sneak in some extra nutrition in the form of spinach into my smoothie. Unfortunately I was out of fresh spinach, but I had a pack of frozen spinach on hand and figured I would give it a try.

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I wasn’t sure how the frozen spinach would do in the smoothie, but I got some reassurance via Twitter about using frozen spinach in smoothies earlier in the week, so I figured it was worth a go.

I used half the pack of frozen spinach and couldn’t taste it one bit. Success!

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Into the blender went:

  • 1 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 pack frozen spinach
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder

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I slurped it down in the car.

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After a two-hour drive, I arrived at my parents’ house in St. Pete. (My car will be staying with them this weekend to save on airport parking fees.)

Naturally I dug into their food within minutes.

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Two clementines…

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A few spoonfuls of almond butter….

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And some trail mix. I usually pick around the raisins and just eat the nuts, but today I was an equal opportunity eater. Raisins are making a comeback for me!

Time to make myself a sandwich and grab some snacks for an airport dinner.

See ya from New York City! Smile


  1. says

    My husband and I actually prefer frozen spinach in our smoothies a) because it’s much much cheaper and b) because it makes the whole smoothie more voluminous and thick — there’s no need for ice!


      • says

        It’s cheaper to purchase frozen spinach at a grocery store, rather than buying the fresh and freezing it yourself. But there has been a couple of times when my spinach has started looking not-so-fresh and then I freeze it. Just make sure it’s clean and throw it in a freezer bag that is sealed tight.


  2. Brenda says

    Do you have any tips for making a smoothie overnight for breakfast? I love the idea of smoothies, but I’m TERRIBLE in the mornings, so the easier the better. I usually do a grab-and-go yogurt or oatmeal and eat it at work.


    • Dani says

      I put all the ingredients in my blender (liquid on the base, then my fruits, leafy greens on top) the night before and put it the refrigerator. Then in the morning I literally only have to take out the blender, plop it on the base and blend! Easy and quick!


  3. Marie G. says

    How do you fit all your stuff in a carry-on? I can never seem to do that. You should blog on packing light! I’d love to know your secret and tips!


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